§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet Shotton town council to discuss the impact of out-of-town retail outlets upon the town's retail outlets; and if he will make a statement. 598W
Mr. Jon Owen Jones
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is unable to meet Shotton town council on this matter. New planning policy guidance for Wales was issued on 7 April this year including further encouragement for locating new retailing in town centres and clarifying policy in respect of testing the need for new shopping proposals.
In the future, guidance on retailing will be a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.